Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Action Toys: Plans for Toys with Mechanical Movements

Action Toys: Plans for Toys with Mechanical Movements

A reprint of a book first published in 1936, this work contains plans for constructing a variety of toys with mechanical movements. Only 36 pages long, one wonders how much detail is in this volume. Still, the description is undeniably intriguing!

From the book description:

This unusual early work presents a collection of toys with a variety of typical mechanical movements and worth-while construction problems. Instructions are extensively illustrated with diagrams. Contents Include: Tools and Supplies; Transferring Drawings; Sawing; Fastening Parts Together; Joints, Coloring and Finishing; Standing, Rocking, and Wheeling Animals; Jacks and Acrobats - Performers on Strings; Combat and Competition Toys; Walkers and Dancers on an Inclined Plane; and Carts and Chariots. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Here is where you can order a new copy of Action Toys

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Anonymous jeff said...

A book by the same author is available at A lot of the toys are rather boring, like a cut-out chicken, but a few are interesting kinetic toys.

June 25, 2011 at 1:08 AM  

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